Device Configuration

Device configuration involves assembling device configuration profiles that consist of a collection of function-specific templates. Certain templates are augmented by collections of data, known as building blocks that define sets of transactions, definitions, schedules, and badge formats to be used by a device. Profiles are assigned and uploaded to one or more devices to uniquely configure them to communicate and exchange data with the Timekeeping system and the Universal Device Manager (UDM) Manages the configuration of terminals and communication with the system.. With careful planning much the work of creating templates, building blocks, and profiles is done only once during the set up of the initial set of devices and does not have to be repeated when devices are added or modified.

Note: If templates or profiles are assigned to a device or device group, you cannot delete them. Default templates or profiles cannot be altered, but they can be copied. The device communication templates must be modified before they can be used. Other templates that you create can be modified at any time. If you modify a template that is assigned to one or more devices, download the configuration changes so that they take effect at the devices.

Select Configuration > Device from the main Universal Device Manager window to display the configuration grid. Click Tap View to toggle between the device and profile views of the grid.

Device Configuration Profile

Templates are rolled up into a device configuration profile. The device configuration profile consolidates all the configuration information into a single profile that can be downloaded to one or more devices. One device configuration profile is assigned to each device. Multiple devices can use the same device configuration profile or different device configuration profiles.

Before creating a template for a device, you must create a device configuration profile. Templates are assigned to profiles. Profiles are assigned to devices.

You can configure templates in any order, although when a new device is first deployed the Communications Setting template is usually configured first, assigned to a profile, and then downloaded to the device in order to validate the configuration. Many templates of the same type may be configured to establish different device configurations.

Configuration modifications are made by changing a template, then downloading the configuration information to the devices that use the configuration profile that contains the template.


Device Configuration templates and building blocks

Device Configuration templates are high-level templates that organize the parameters used to configure devices and control device functions. For example, all parameters that affect device communication with Device Manager are included in Communication Settings template. Certain templates, such as the Application Configuration and Cards and Readers templates, are augmented by collections of data, known as building blocks that define sets of transactions, definitions, schedules, and badge formats to be used by a device.

Configure one of each type of high-level template (except Transaction Settings) for a device configuration profile. If you are using a combination of device communication protocols (server-initiated and device-initiated), configure at least two Device Communication Settings templates.